The Future of Shopping

By Erin Bradley Neer | Trends and ideas disrupting the retail industry.

Under Armour Is Opening a Huge Facility to Create Futuristic Sports Apparel

South Baltimore's Lighthouse facility will feature body scanning and 3-D printing.<p>Under Armour has made a huge push recently to create clothing of the future. The company that invented "Cold Gear" and made bundled-up athletes a thing of the past gobbled up nearly $1 billion worth of health tech …

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Millennials are obsessed with the 'style of life' — and it's killing retailers

Retailers are obsessed with trying to figure out how to cater to millennials.<p>There are more of them, so naturally, it's the smart move to appeal to them, right?<p>Wrong.<p>Retail expert Robin Lewis on his blog, The Robin Report, brought up a crucial point about millennials' spending patterns and the risk …

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5 Online Retailers That Have Opened Real-World Stores In Canada

TORONTO — Companies often launch online stores without a physical presence in order to save on costly overhead expenses from stores or to avoid being …

Web Culture

With changes to price-matching, Amazon and Walmart usher a new era of retail

Walmart and Amazon both recently changed their price matching policy, and the changes may be a harbinger of things to come in the retail world.<p>Walmart would match a competitor’s price if a shopper showed an ad for the same product, while Amazon’s shift is in regards to a price drop for a recently …

Walmart

Omni-channel Is so 2010 – but Retail Still Hasn't Figured it Out

When retailers talk about the omni-channel shopping experience these days, it’s mostly about how the word “omni-channel” is so 2010.<p>But the reality …

Business School

If Echo Is The iPhone Of Connected Home, Then Sonos Is The Blackberry

I wrote a piece for Forbes explaining why I thought the Echo/Alexa has had some of the same disrupting impacts on the smart home industry that the …

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Amazon sues longtime exec over new job at Target, says retail rival will be able to steal its secrets

Photo by Mike Mozart, via Flickr.<i>Updated at 8 a.m. Pacific with Target comment.</i>Amazon filed suit Monday against a 16-year veteran of the company, …

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Target is investing billions of dollars in a losing game — but a mysterious startup could turn that around

Target plans to spend as much as $2.5 billion a year on technology and supply-chain initiatives by 2017. Last year, the company spent $1.9 billion on the category.<p>Target will likely spend the money, in part, to hire 20 engineers and product managers to join a mysterious technology-focused start-up …

E-commerce

Why Online Retailers Are Flocking to Nordstrom

The retailer has a disproportionately high exposure to the best malls.<p>In the past few years, Nordstrom JWN has struck distribution deals for such hot, online-only brands like Bonobos, Shoes of Prey, and Baublebar, making the upscale brick-and-mortar department store a retail partner of choice for …

Footwear

Alibaba is working to bring virtual reality into its e-commerce services

Alibaba has formally thrown its hat into the virtual reality ring after the Chinese e-commerce giant announced its own VR research lab, dubbed GnomeMagic Lab.<p>The company invested in red hot augmented reality company Magic Leap earlier this year, in a deal that put Alibaba vice chairman Joe Tsai on …

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How Retailers Will Survive In The Amazon Era

Hire a service designer, for starters.<p>There’s no way around it—the past year has been rough for retail. Even the stalwarts have taken a hit: Nordstrom had a terrible run on NASDAQ; Macy's cratered, with its stock ending 2015 40% down for the year; and Walmart is shutting down over 250 stores …

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3 trends forcing seismic shifts in retail

How to recognize — and deal with — disruptive waves headed your way.<p>Technology is changing rapidly and evolving in seemingly unpredictable ways. What …

How mobile apps “ate” brick and mortar retail -- and what needs to happen next | VentureBeat | Mobile

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Neumob.</i><p><i>“If there’s an underlying take-away from (the 2015) holiday season, I think it will be remembered as the one where mobile ate brick-and-mortar”</i> — ComScore chairman emeritus Gian Fulgoni<p><i>“On the desktop, the browser was king. Not so in mobile. We’re already</i> …

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Shopify vs. BigCommerce: E-Commerce Combat

Shopify and BigCommerce are among the best online shopping cart platforms available today. Both offer free trials, drag-and-drop site editing, and …

E-commerce

An Unusual Checklist To Upgrade eCommerce Checkout Pages

When shoppers arrive at checkout, an overwhelming majority get cold feet. The data suggests that, on average, 68.53% of shopping carts are left …

Sports Authority May Be Up for Sale as it Nears Bankruptcy

To a rival retailer<p>As it nears bankruptcy, Sports Authority may be up for sale.<p>The sporting goods retailer is in talks to sell its stores to rival Dick’s Sporting Goods and others, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The talks are reportedly in early stages and the sale …

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It's Amazon Echo's world, now Alphabet's Nest just lives in it

For two years, Nest has pressed diligently to get any connected device to connect to its own. Now it’s adding two big ones to the list — Amazon Echo and Amazon Fire TV, integrations announced on Thursday that will arrive in the coming weeks.<p>On one hand, it’s a good sign for Nest — proof that it can …

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Major changes coming to Target as it focuses on grocery, customer service

NEW YORK — Shopping at Target will not be the same a year from now.<p>It will be easier, less frustrating and more convenient, executives said a meeting with analysts here Wednesday. Starting a shopping trip through Target's app or online and finishing it in a store will become more seamless, with …

Customer Service

This Is How Target Is Solving Its Out-of-Stock Problems

The retailer is looking to simplify its supply chain<p>Out-of-stocks have long been a bête noire for major retailers.<p>They disappoint customers and deprive stores of sales. Yet running short on a popular item has long been seen as inevitable given the complexity of a national retailer’s supply chain …

E-commerce

The Show Me Your Mumu Babes Talk Beach Life and Why West Is Best

If you're familiar with Show Me Your Mumu's modern bohemian line of breezy micro-minis and maxis, festival-ready rompers, and most recently swimwear, you'll find it as impossible as we do that the brand could have ever been based in New York, which is exactly where it was conceived just over five …

Amazon’s smartphone flop was the best thing that happened to Alexa

Amazon’s Fire Phone may have been a surprisingly auspicious failure, I keep thinking as I watch the expansion of Alexa, the company’s cloud-based virtual assistant.<p>Artificial intelligence is the future, specifically, voice-controlled AI that allows you to interact with a multitude of apps and …

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With new University of Texas pickup location, Amazon bleeds burnt orange

Amazon said it would open a staffed pickup store at the University of Texas at Austin, one of the nation’s largest campuses and a key stronghold in …

Amazon

How the Internet of Things is becoming the 'Internet of Commerce’

The 29th Mobile World Congress is in full swing, and amid the flurry of new device announcements, the main conversation piece in Barcelona has been the evolution of the Internet of Things.<p>Of course, the topic as a whole is nothing new — in fact, it's been the most important phrase in technology for …

Internet

Navigating Retail’s Last Mile

Illustration by Lars Leetaru<p>Nearly two decades ago, just as e-commerce was taking off, a group of players emerged to claim their share of the …

E-commerce

Amazon Increases Free Shipping Minimum From $35 To $49

If you are not an Amazon Prime user, then you will not be thrilled to hear that Amazon has increased its free shipping minimum by 40%. Specifically, the free shipping minimum has increased to $49 from $35. The price increase makes it easier for Prime users to justify the $99 per year ($49 for …

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Target Crushed Walmart During the Holiday Shopping Season

E-commerce took off again.<p>Target TGT seems to have escaped the holiday season doldrums that pinched archival Walmart WMT .<p>The discount retailer reported on Wednesday that comparable sales rose 1.9% during the holiday quarter, easily outdoing Walmart’s 0.6% clip in the U.S. Perhaps more importantly, …

Walmart

The Hot New Thing That Consumers Are Buying

There’s a new hot item that retailers should plan on keeping fully stocked for consumers in 2016, and it’s not even a product at all—it’s experiences. Consumers, especially millennials, are interested in purchasing things that help them define who they are. And brands and retailers need to know how …

Marketing

Throwing away our throwaway culture: an easy way around a persistent problem

Throwing away our throwaway culture: an easy way around a persistent problem<p>When eight different people send me a link to the same website in the …